Regional South Australia is full of so many beautifully scenic places, so different to anything a lot of people have seen before, and this is why they make fantastic places to hold your wedding reception. Parachilna is no different, and when Nicole and Jon told me this was where their wedding was being held, I was VERY excited.
It was the same place that Jon had planned to propose to Nicole on a weekend trip, but despite his careful planning, they had to call it off for a puppy emergency (which ended well I might add…phew!). So instead, the scene was set for her birthday.
“Jon had banned me from going in the pantry the night before, so I thought he had got me a ladder to reach the top shelf of the pantry!” Instead, it held Jon’s secrets. Early on her birthday morning, Jon got up to bring out the flowers and make her favourite breakfast, ‘I was so nervous I couldn’t eat most of my breakfast….Nicole helped me out with it, she’s good like that!’. He then presented her with 2 gifts, the first a bottle of Dom Perignon, the second, a small wooden box which revealed a beautiful engagement ring.
“While I had been hoping for a proposal, it was definitely not what I was expecting, and it couldn’t have been more perfect!” Said Nicole.
“When the ring came out she became inconsolable, I think she eventually said yes!”
The couple, who love to travel, eat good food, cook, and enjoy playing and listening to music, combined all of these loves for a beautiful outdoor wedding in Outback South Australia. They held their ceremony in Parachilna Gorge, followed by a reception at the Prairie Hotel. Guests were treated to roaming entrees in the courtyard until they were joined by the bridal party for the reception and were entertained by band members before and after the ceremony. “We love great places, good food and good wine. That has been the basis for pretty much all of our planning.”
Nicole wore a beautiful strapless Alexis George wedding dress and her bridesmaids wore navy dresses from Review. The jewellery was from ‘Miss Martini’ and the wedding rings from our dear friends at Bell and Brunt. With the gorge cliff faces in the background, the bridal party walked down a red carpet wedding aisle for the gorgeous ceremony. The outback surrounds made a perfect place for the wedding photos.
We also got to make use of the hotel for some photos, which really added a rustic element to their entire album of the reception. I really liked the long tables for the dinner; it’s not something I get to see often but is definitely on trend! Jon had told us that the only thing Nicole loved more than him was cheese, so it was little surprise that I found a cheese wheel wedding cake from the Smelly Cheese stall in the Adelaide Central Markets at their reception!
It was so fantastic to have another outdoor wedding reception to photograph. Not only do they add an element of challenge to my wedding photography, but I think that they are absolutely beautiful – you can do so much with just a few lights! Nicole and Jon definitely pulled this off, and I really enjoyed their gorgeous and unique outback outdoor wedding. I wish you both all the very best for the future (including the best food, wine and music!!)
Wedding Dress – Alexis George
Bridesmaid Dress – Review
Shoes – Coach
Jewellery – Miss Martini
Suits – Gary Anderson , Saville Row, London. Groomsmen – Peter Jackson
Florist – Louise Woodhouse Flowers
Rings – Bell and Brunt
Wedding Cake – Smelly Cheese, Adelaide Central Markets
Wedding Celebrant – Bob Sloan
Make up – Isobel John
Hair – Tamara Parker
Venues – Prairie Hotel, Parachilna
Wedding Photographer – Jade Norwood Photography